Currently reading | July

I have been working almost every single day this month and I haven't been able to read as much as I would've wanted. But with that said there has been one book that I've been reading almost the entire month (yes, it's going slow) and I'm still reading, and that is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I have never, shockingly enough, read anything by Neil Gaiman before but I was recommended this book for a while ago and although I was a bit sceptical in the beginning it has turned out quite well. This book is about a man called Shadow who has been in jail for the last three years or so. When he is about to be released he learns that his wife Laura has died in a car crash. On his way home he meets a man called Wednesday. This man is really weird and different and asks Shadow to work for him. Eventually Shadow accepts the offer and learns that not only can the dead pay you a visit but that all the gods mankind has ever worshiped is alive and walking this Earth.
 
American Gods isn't similar to anything I've previously read and although I've only read 300-ish pages I think it's interesting and new. And since I love mythology it's so fascinating to "meet" all the different kinds of gods. The way Gaiman portaits the gods is also really intersting.
 
Talking about books. Last month's book was The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman. At the time I wrote that blog post I had only read 200 pages of the book and thought that it was amazing. I don't do that anymore. The last 300 pages was really boring. The portait of the boys wasn't as vivid as they could've been and I simply think that the reltionships in this book was flat and boring. I mean, The Left Hand of God was an OK book, but I've read better and sadly enough I don't think that I'll purchase the following two books in the series.
 
 
Love,
Erunyauvë
 
 

Currently reading | June

I know it's July right now, but let's pretend for a second that it's still June.
 
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more fantasy books. So I thought that I would start a mini-series where I present the book that I'm currently reading each month. This month I've been reading The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman. I haven't finished reading it but so far so good. The book is about a boy, Cale, who lives in a place called The Sancuary that is run by the Redeemers (creepy munks). The Redeemers take young boys and train/enslave them at this Sancuary. Cale and he and his friends discover certain things at this Sancuary which force them to run for their lives. I've only read 200 pages but up until now I think it's been really intresting and thrilling and I'm eager to get know more about the fate of this Cale.
 
 
Love,
Erunyauvë
 

Frostskymning by Anders Björkelid

For more than 1 ½ years ago I bought Ondvinter by Anders Björkelid upon recommendation from one of the staff of my favourite book store, I read the book and I totally fell in love with his style of writing, the theme of the book and especially the characters. Since then I've read the second and third book and this month the fourth and final book of the series, Frostskymning, will be released this month (apparently today according to SF-bokhandeln which hopefully is true). I haven't bought it yet but hopefully I'll be able to do that tomorrow - even though I'm a bit short of money... Truth be told, I don't read much Swedish fantasy literature but I totally fell in love with Ondvinter and I've been looking forward to reading this book for the last 1 ½ years actually. 
 
So if you're in the mood for reading some Swedish fantasy literature - this series is definately worth a try, especially if you're a person who also enjoys reading about Swedish and Sámi folklore (the third novel has some creatures who're very much inspired by the Northern Swedish folklore).
 
Anyways, I truly recommend this series and I'm really looking forward to read the final book :D
 
Love,
Erunyauvë

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